Venue Details & Pitch Report - Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

Average First Innings Score at Wankhede in ODIs since 2011: 380

Batting First vs Batting Second at Wankhede in ODIs since 2011: Win Bat 1st - 42%, Win Bat 2nd - 58%

IND-SL Players in the top 10 leading run-scorers list in ODIs since 2011: Virat Kohli(2)

IND-SL Players in the top 10 leading wicket-takers list in ODIs since 2011: Ravindra Jadeja(6)

Ground dimensions: The distance from the pitch to the boundaries are relatively equal and small (70m). Batters should be able to access different parts of the ground quite comfortably.

Pitch Report: It is considered to be a belter of a surface and it should be high-scoring. There might be early assistance for pacers in the first few overs and under lights, and post which, batters should dominate.

Predicted Playing XI - India vs Sri Lanka, Match 33, ICC Cricket World Cup 2023

India: Rohit Sharma (C), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (WK), Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj

        Bench: Ishan Kishan, Shardul Thakur, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin 

Sri Lanka: Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis (C & WK), Sadeera Samarawickrama (WK), Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Angelo Mathews, Kasun Rajitha, Dushmanta Chameera, Dilshan Madushanka, Maheesh Theekshana

        Bench: Dushan Hemantha, Dunith Wellalage, Kusal Perera, Chamika Karunaratne

Fantasy Notes (INDIA) - India vs Sri Lanka, Match 33, ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 Prediction

Points to Consider

  • Hardik Pandya is unlikely to be fit for this match and therefore, India is likely to stick with a similar combination as the last two matches.
  • The top 3 of India has an excellent record against Sri Lanka in ODIs and at Wankhede, they will get a great opportunity to put up big scores, making them the top C/VC options in this match. 
  • Shubman Gill at Wankhede in T20s: Inns - 9, Runs - 74, Avg/SR - 8/75, 50s/100s - 0/0; It is not clear what can be attributed to his failures at this ground inspite of batting-friendly conditions. The main factor for him to succeed will be to counter the new ball threat against Sri Lanka's fast bowlers - Kasun Rajitha, Dilshan Madushanka and Dushmanta Chameera.
  • Last time, India faced Sri Lanka in an ODi (Asia Cup Final), Mohammed Siraj picked up 6 wickets and demolished the opposition batting unit. He is selected in under 25% of the teams currently - however, at the same time the inclusion of Mohammed Shami in the XI has affected the number of his overs in the powerplay. 

Fantasy Notes (SRI LANKA) - India vs Sri Lanka, Match 33, ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 Prediction

Points to Consider

  • The second opening spot between Kusal Perera and Dimuth Karunaratne has been an issue for Sri Lanka due to their poor form. The management might consider adding one of Dunith Wellalage or Dushan Hemantha as away spinners against a right-hander-dominated Indian batting unit.
  • Sadeera Samarawickrama in CWC 2023:Inns - 6, Runs - 331, Avg/SR - 83/104, 50s/100s - 2/1; Sri Lanka's Number 4 batter is their highest run scorer in this World Cup and he will once again become an important factor on a flat Wankhede surface after the initial new ball threat against Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami. He is currently selected in 54% of the teams.
  • Kusal Mendis vs India in ODIs: Inns - 11, Runs - 219, Avg - 20; Since taking over as captain after the injury of Dasun Shanaka, Kusal Mendis has averaged just 17.6 in 4 innings and batting at 3, he is likely to face a big threat against Bumrah (2 outs) and Siraj (3 outs at 3 Avg in 28 balls). He is currently highly selected but there is a case to take a risk against him.
  • Angelo Mathews vs India in ODIs: Inns - 37, Runs - 1393, Avg - 54, Wickets - 31; Selected at just 38%, he is a good differential pick due to his value as a pace bowling allrounder. 

Fantasy XI - India vs Sri Lanka, Match 33, ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 Prediction

WK: KL Rahul, Sadeera Samarawickrama

BAT: Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Shubman Gill, Pathum Nissanka

AR: Ravindra Jadeja, Angelo Mathews

BOWL: Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami, Kuldeep Yadav

C/VC: Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah

Differentials: Mohammed Siraj (25%), Kasun Rajitha (27%), Shreyas Iyer (33%)

C/VC Alternatives: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul

Note: Stay tuned to our telegram channel for regular updates

Stats Credit: Cricinfo, Cricmetric